36 weeks pregnant

I’d appreciate it if you could pretend that I was a super organised blogger and had managed to get this post out on time yesterday, instead of heading towards bedtime a day late!

I had all the best intentions to continue posting on the blog 4-5 days each week following the Summer holidays, but frustratingly the first week back at work has been so ridiculously busy I’ve barely had time to eat some days, set my alarm for stupid-early o’clock on others and am on serious countdown until September 30th when my maternity leave begins right now!

That said, it has been lovely seeing my year 8 form come back slightly taller, with a few deeper voices and tales of their busy Summer holidays.  I also have some lovely year 11 groups this year (along with one awful year 10 class) – Shame I’m only in school for the first four weeks of the year, and won’t be returning again until May next year after all of the year 11s will have left.

36 weeks pregnant

Looks like baby grew again this week.  One of the technicians at work asked if I was starting my maternity leave at Christmas earlier today.  Christmas?!  I’m pretty sure I would no longer be able to walk and just topple forwards if I continued to get bigger until Christmas!


No appointments this week, although I am hospital-bound in the morning for my gestational diabetes test, and will be visiting the midwife in the evening tomorrow to see whether or not this baby has turned yet.  I’ve been bouncing on my ball every time I remember to try and encourage it to spin round, but I’m not too hopeful of it having happened yet.  I can still feel kicks in the bottom of my belly.

36 weeks pregnant(Every week I take this photo I end up thinking ‘I really should clean our bedroom mirror!’ and still haven’t gotten round to it!)


No purchases made for us or our baby this week, but we bought several outfits for my friend’s baby who was born over the Bank Holiday weekend.  I pointed out to Dan that we had actually purchased more outfits for my friend’s baby than we had our own now!

I worked at the Northampton Half Marathon for Go Beyond again this year on Sunday (post to follow), and was presented with a lovely little bundle of clothes from the team after the race, which was really nice and completely unexpected.

Gifts from Go Beyond for the baby


Another two runs this week:

I love that I can still run a consistent parkrun without the need to walk at 36 weeks pregnant, even if it does take me 33 minutes now!  I also ran out for 7 miles of trail with a friend on Tuesday evening to test out a pub route for a future club pub run.  It’s a route I’ve run several times in the past, and led on group club runs, although I haven’t run it for a little while now, so I needed to check that the paths were still accessible.  We ended up heading out slightly later than normal and I took my headtorch out for the first time in a very long while.  Running with just one other person it didn’t matter too much though, as there was no pressure to keep up with a fast front-crowd and risk losing my footing by going out too fast.  We didn’t need to use headtorches for long, but by the time I am back regularly running the evening group trail runs again it will be time to stock up with sets of new batteries ready for weekly wearing once more.  I was happy with my run on Tuesday as well.  It was never going to be the fastest trail run but I was fairly consistent and I only really walked the gradients and rough ground for fear of falling.


I honestly thought that my body was preparing to have the baby on Monday evening.  I was tired from over-working at the weekend, had gotten up early that morning to complete more work, and with it being the first day back at school for students with two new members in our department I was feeling rather mentally drained by the time I got home.  I started experiencing some uncomfortable cramps below my belly which came and went, but progressively got more uncomfortable for at least a good hour in the evening.  I couldn’t sit or stand still through them as it was more comfortable to move around.  I rang a friend who already has a couple of babies for advice, but as the night went on, the cramps started to fade and I put it down to my body being rather tired and having had a full-on day at work that day.  I haven’t felt anything similar since.  It did wake us up, realising that the baby could come any day now though, with just 28 (now 27) days until my due date.

You can read all of my previous pregnancy posts here.

Have you run with a headtorch yet this Autumn?

Another week, another parkrun, same pink top

Because the pink top is just one of two which fit me right now, and it always seems to be the one not in the wash basket on a Saturday morning!

Peterborough parkrun at 36 weeks pregnant

As we headed to a new-to-me parkrun (Market Harborough) last week, it was time for a new-to-Laura parkrun this week, and so she drove over to mine for 8am so that we could make our way over to Peterborough parkrun, held at Ferry Meadows.

I knew that the course had changed slightly since I had last run the event, although I wasn’t sure what changes had been made.

The walk to the start is now much shorter, and we began much closer to the cafe than the long walk to the start line that we used to have to take.  I was a little confused when we ran past the finish line on the way out though as it appeared to be in the same location.  Where was the course going to lose the extra metres that we had added on at the start of the event?…!

Peterborough parkrun is run around the lakes and is another lap-course.  Last time I ran, we completed a mini loop around one lake, before two large loops around both lakes and through to the finish.  This time, there is just the mini loop followed by one and a half large loops around both lakes, before runners turn off and head back along a slightly different route to the finish (part of the same way you head out on the starting mini loop but in reverse).  Although the Peterborough course isn’t hugely congested, it meant that faster runners weren’t having to dodge so many other runners as they were lapping people on their way to the finish and it allowed the rest of us to run as larger groups along the track.

As Laura and I ran over the second bridge on the first lap, we spotted a lady who had fallen over who was now sat on the side of the path.  There were a couple of other runners with her and she appeared to have just fallen and knocked herself.  As there wasn’t a lot we could do and everything appeared to be under control, we continued running.  The bridges can be a little slippery at times, but the worst part about running over the bridges is the sensation when they bounce up underneath you to meet your feet as you run along!

Just like last week, the run felt super comfortable throughout and I easily ran another Royal Flush Negative Split:

Mile 1: 11:02
Mile 2: 10:25
Mile 3: 9:55
Nubbin (0.23m): 9:00mm pace

Peterborough parkrun Garmin time

The course clocked up a fair way over on my Garmin – guess I must have weaved a fair amount out there!  I was just two seconds slower than my run at Market Harborough the week before, but had covered more distance, so my pace worked out faster overall.

Garmin time: 33:23
Official time: 
Gender position: 
Age category position: 

Peterborough parkrun - RUN HQ sign

(Love this sign at the start!)

This past week was super busy with the Cakeathon on Monday, lots of final GCSE coursework marking to do ready for school on Thursday, and then with returning to school on Thursday for the first two days of term.  Throw in the fact that my parents were staying over Wednesday-Friday to help with fitting the kitchen (along with a million other odd renovation jobs that still need doing to our house), slotting in a running club committee meeting on the Thursday evening, being back to a 5:15am get up for work each morning, and I was very ready to meet the trail run gang at the pub for dinner following their run on Friday night, and then slot in a parkrun on Saturday morning to escape from the madness of everything else.  Maternity leave cannot come soon enough, despite not being scheduled to begin until October 4th (unless baby decides to come early).

Did you start your weekend with a parkrun?